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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2002 

Hearings Slated for Oahu Agricultural Ordinance 

Informational hearings will begin tomorrow for a proposed ordinance to place 87,000 acres of important agricultural lands into “agricultural protection zones” and protect them in perpetuity.  The initiative, announced by Mayor Jeremy Harris in his State of the City address on January 28, is intended to conserve key agricultural lands, reduce speculation and the introduction of non-agricultural uses, and maintain the viability of agriculture on the island of Oahu for future generations. 

          The proposal reflects the City’s commitment to the support of the agricultural industry and agricultural diversification as set forth in its regional development plans.  It will ensure sufficient agricultural land and encourage the production of crops and other products for consumption within and beyond the State of Hawaii.   

          “This initiative will result not only in increased food production from local agricultural production, it will also preserve the open space and scenic values associated with productive agricultural land,” the Mayor said. 

          Island-wide informational hearings on the proposed ordinance are scheduled for the following dates and locations: 

* March 6:             7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Kapolei Hale in the first conference room at 1000 Ulu’ohia Street. 

* March 7:             7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Waianae District Park multi-purpose building at 85-601 Farrington Highway. 

* March 8:             11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Human Resources Conference Room, City Hall Annex at 550 S. King Street. 

* March 8:             7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Haleiwa Alii Beach Park multi-purpose building at 66-167 Haleiwa Road. 

* March 11:           6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kaneohe Community and Senior Center at 45-613 Puohala Street. 

* March 12:           7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Wahiawa District Park in the Hookipa Building at 1139A Kilani Avenue.

 

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Tuesday, July 09, 2002

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